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Easy Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe Without Cream of Tartar

Snickerdoodle cookies are an easy recipe to make and you most likely already have the basic ingredients in the house.

The recipe is made without cream of tartar and comes out chewy, golden brown, and wonderful rolled in a cinnamon sugar mixture.

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle cookies stacked on a brown place

The classic chewy Snickerdoodle cookies are a sweet treat for after school, classroom parties, Christmas gifts, or for making with the kids.

Snickerdoodles are a favorite around here. I love them because of how easy they are to make, and they always stay fresh and soft, even days after you make them.

These are one of our favorite cookie recipes and we shared some of the batches with our friends down the street and they loved them!

Picture of cookies

History of the Snickerdoodle Recipe

According to Wikipedia, the cookie is popular among the Amish and Mennonites.

We worked in Georgia years ago and would visit a local Mennonite bakery each day (I went and picked up goodies for everyone at work, although I was tempted to eat everything in the car on the way back) and they offered Snickerdoodles every day.

They also offered incredibly fresh and tasty donuts, pies, cookies of all kinds, and so much more. Let me tell you, those Mennonites and Amish can bake. But, I digress.

Snickerdoodle cookies sitting on a brown board

Snickerdoodles are so popular in the United States and in American culture that places like Dunkin’ Donuts make a Snickerdoodle latte around Christmastime, and other businesses such as Nestle, Braum’s Ice Cream, and Chex Mix jumped on the delicious bandwagon of goodness.

The cookies are a Dutch-German biscuit and are usually rolled in cinnamon and sugar, and they are usually made with cream of tartar; although, this Snickerdoodle recipe is without cream of tartar and it’s still just as chewy as ever.

Some believe the dessert cookies came over the pond as a biscuit, while others think they started out in New England. We’ll never know for sure, but we do know one thing–they are super yummy.

Key Ingredients You Will Need For Snickerdoodle Cookies

Dry Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

  • Softened butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How To Make The Best Snickerdoodle Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and mix sugar in with it.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, mix sugar and ground cinnamon.
  7. Scoop the cookie dough, roll it into a ball, and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  8. Bake for about ten minutes until the tops are crinkly and allow them to cool for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

Step-By-Step Instructions

All-purpose flour in a glass bowl

Start by adding the all-purpose flour to the bowl.

Flour, salt, and baking powder in a glass bowl.

Next, you are going to add the baking powder and the salt to the flour.

Mix everything together and set the bowl to the side while you prepare the wet ingredients for the Snickerdoodle cookie recipe.

Softened yellow butter in a glass bowl

In another large bowl, add the softened butter.

The recipe calls for two sticks so you know it’s going to be flavorful!

Sugar and butter mixed together in a glass bowl

Add the sugar to the bowl and cream the two ingredients together.

Sugar, butter, and eggs mixed together in a glass bowl

Next, you’re going to add the eggs and vanilla to the bowl. You can’t see the vanilla in this picture because it’s clear. My sweet friend brought some back from Mexico from a trip and it’s super tasty.

Sugar and butter mixture with flour on top in a glass bowl

Add about half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix everything together.

Snickerdoodle dough being mixed with a hand mixer

After you’ve mixed the first bit of flour, add the rest of the flour and mix everything together.

For best results, place it in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes to make it a little easier to roll the Snickerdoodle cookies into a ball.

White sugar in a glass bowl

While the dough is in the refrigerator add some white sugar to a shallow bowl.

White sugar in a glass bowl with cinnamon on top

Finally, add the cinnamon to the bowl. Mix the two together.

Snickerdoodle cookie rolled in a cinnamon sugar topping

After 20 minutes, take the dough back out of the refrigerator and roll into cookie dough balls, then roll the dough in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

In my opinion, the outer layer is honestly the best part of the cookie.

I roll the dough into about one and a half inch balls.

Snickerdoodle dough on a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Place the Snickerdoodle cookies on a baking sheet about two inches apart and bake them for about nine to ten minutes.

They will get a little bit crinkly on top when they are done.

I usually leave them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes until they cool off a little, otherwise, they will fall apart if you try to pick them up right away.

Crinkly cookies on a brown board

Other cookies and bars you’ll love:

  • Chewy Chocolate Cookies – these are a chocolatey chewy cookie that really hits the spot when you need some extra chocolate in your life. You can make a large cookie, add a scoop of ice cream and some hot fudge and have quite a delicious dessert.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars with Toffee – chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside. These make a delicious cookie treat to take to a potluck or party.
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pudding – this soft cookie recipe is easy to make with the addition of instant pudding. It tends to add a little more depth to the cookie and an enhanced flavor, plus it makes the cookies chewy. These are my older son’s favorite.
  • Candied Pecan Dessert Bars – these are great any time of year, but especially around the holidays. They are like a piece of pecan pie but in a bar–gooey on the inside and candied pecans on the outside.
  • Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies – these are the perfect cookie and have a bit of a deeper flavor to them with the added brown sugar. The pecans give it that fun salty taste to an already sweet treat.
  • Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – My son made these the other day and they turned out perfectly. And they have the sweet combination of white and chocolate chips.
  • Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – I enjoy making these because they have the addition of a Hershey Kiss. The kids love them and they are always popular around Christmas and the holidays.
  • Amish butter cookies – the thick cookies are a delicious recipe that are perfect for any occasion.
  • Salted caramel brownie cookies, from Dance Around the Kitchen, are a wonderfully sweet treat that might just win this year’s cookie exchange.
A stack of Snickerdoodle cookies next to a glass of milk

How long can Snickerdoodles last?

The cookies can last about a week in an airtight container. They will stay chewy and delicious, too!

Do Snickerdoodles have nuts?

No, Snickerdoodles do not have nuts. They are usually made with many of the same ingredients as a sugar cookie, as well as cream of tartar. However, this Snickerdoodle recipe is without cream of tartar.

You can buy Snickerdoodles at the grocery store from cookie companies or in the bakery section, but homemade is really the best, in my opinion, because they are fresh and taste so good hot out of the oven.

The Best Snickerdoodle Recipe

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start creating! This is a wonderful easy Snickerdoodles recipe and everyone will love it!

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your cookies on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Picture of cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies (+Video)

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Snickerdoodle cookies are an easy recipe to make and you most likely already have the ingredients in the house. The cinnamon and sugar Snickerdoodle cookie recipe is a sweet treat for after school, classroom parties, Christmas gifts, or for making with the kids.



  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), softened
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Place parchment paper on cookie sheets.

  1. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to a bowl. Mix and set aside.
  2. Next, add the two sticks of softened butter to a bowl. Add the sugar and cream together.
  3. Eggs and vanilla are the next two ingredients to add to the bowl and mix together.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix. Once you've mixed it well, add the rest of the flour and mix until well blended. Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl combine the sugar and cinnamon. Take the dough of the fridge and use a spoon to scoop up a small amount and roll dough into a ball.
  6. Roll the ball in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and place on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake cookies for approximately 10 minutes or until the top of the cookie is crinkly. Let it rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing so it will not fall apart.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 156mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g

Nutrition is approximate.

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